MK Yoav Kish (Likud) spoke out on Thursday against ongoing negotiations for a unity government with the left-wing Zionist Union party.
Kish, who chairs the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, said that the government must adhere to its basic principles, including the right of Jews to settle anywhere in the country.
“I oppose the entry of the Zionist Union into the government,” said Kish. "A narrow government that is loyal to the settlement [movement] is preferable to a broad government that has no values.”
“As chairman of the Land of Israel Lobby, I opposed the addition of the Labor Party [the largest faction of the Zionist Union list] to the government if it will influence the [coalition’s] positions, particularly on fundamental issues within the Israeli government, [like] our right to settle in all parts of the country.”
After noting his own opposition to a unity government, Kish seemingly tried to stir up resistance within the Zionist Union, suggesting that party chief Yitzhak Herzog was prepared to surrender his own party’s principles in order to join the coalition.
“If the Labor Party chooses to abandon its own principles in order to join, that’s their choice. But as far as the Likud is concerned, we won’t sell out the settlement [movement]. Expanding the government does not need to come at the expense of the Likud’s values and the our right to settle in all parts of the country.”